Why Slab Leaks Are Dangerous

slab leaks why we need to bother for it

A minor space in the direction of the water flow leads to its seepage or leaks. Most of the time, these leaks go unnoticed until a major destruction happens. In this post, Saksham Plumbing, specialists in turnkey plumbing solutions, will discuss about the most common and most unnoticed water leak location: slabs

What do you mean by slab?

What do you mean by slab

Here, slab doesn’t mean a kitchen slab. It is the base of the ground where the whole house is erected. This slab is not placed underground, but on the ground level. It can easily be seen if you have a basement or underground parking. If the water starts to seep through the ground unnoticed, this may lead to major distraction on the building.

How to identify slab leaks
Hot or cold spots: Due to water movement under the ground you may notice a hot or cold spot on the ground floor. This may be due to slab leaks.

Sound of running water:The sound of running water under the ground or small leaks are signs to watch for to check slab leaks. If you notice any catch, call the plumber immediately to prevent any unrecoverable damage from happening.

Effects of Leaks

Effects of LeaksWater seepage or leaks under the slab area causes the soil to loosen its hold and a continuous leak may lead to complete displacement of the soil, which means the slab will expand both horizontally and vertically. Initially, this displacement is horizontal and thus goes unnoticed, but if this movement bursts vertically, it starts to take a different turn.

As the water seeps through the soil and makes it move upwards the soil bulges up thus disturbing the level of the foundation. As the foundation becomes unbalanced, the impact moves towards the walls by rising the wall from one side. This rise leads to the pressure on the walls leading to cracks in the same. When the foundation moves further, the cracks gets longer and wider. This can be identified if there are cracks in the ceramic tile. Keep a watch, there may be a leak within.

Causes

There can be many reasons for slab leaks.

The most common is weather. Due to water movement under the ground you may notice a hot or cold spot on the ground floor. This may be due to slab leaks.

Old pipe fittings:The old and rusted pipe fitting under the ground can also be the reason for slab bulges and leaks.

Improper construction: mproper construction: Improper construction or poor fittings may also lead to these slab leaks and cracks.

It is very crucial to keep a check on the plumbing issues that may come up in our building or homes. May it be a minor change, leak, sound or smell, it has to be dealt with seriously and urgently before it takes on the form of a disaster. At the initial stage, the repair may cost pennies but at disaster stage, it can cost fortunes and may burden to the pockets. The rule of thumb we can follow here is – “the earlier, the better”

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Facing low water pressure issue?

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Plumbing is an integral part of any building, may it be residential or commercial. Due to regular use, we often face issues with the system. Most common of them are the leaks and foul smell. Other plumbing issue that most of us face in our day to day life is of low water pressure. This is equally frustrating but can be identified and resolved. Let us see what the probable causes of low water pressure are.

Identifying low water pressure

Determine if all locations within your home or office have low water pressure. Check all the faucets at your home or office to see if all of them have the same issue or there is an issue with the single faucet that you have recently discovered.

Check the faucet if you only have low water pressure in a particular location

Check the faucet if you only have low water pressure in a particular location

If your faucet is for both hot and cold water, then check by opening cold and hot water only simultaneously on 100 % position. If there is pressure issue with hot water only, then you probably need to check your hot water system or otherwise.

Causes of low water pressure

Once you have found out which faucet is facing the issue, the next step is to find out the cause of the issue.

Verify the water meter Verify the water meter

Verify the water meter

Check the meter. Usually, after repair activity, people forget to open it back or may not have opened it properly, due to which the water pressure is low.

Ensure proper working of stop valve

Check if these valves are working fine and are open completely.

Check the Pressure Regulator

At times, the pressure regulator is not working in proper condition, then there maybe a change in the water pressure and may impact all the fixtures.

Check for the leaks

Check for the leaks

You need to check if there is any leak in the fittings. Check near the P-traps, under the sink, toilet seats, in the basement of the house or any probably seepage on the walls. If there is a leakage, then you need to get it fixed to solve the low water pressure problem.

Recent maintenance works:

If there had been some recent maintenance work done in the house, may it be related to the plumbing of some other which may impact the plumbing of the house, probably this can be one of the causes of low water pressure.

High usability timing:

If you face an issue of low water pressure at the certain point of the day, say at the time when nearly all the faucets and showers are in use, then maybe the tank is shared amongst all the fittings and water is distributed in all the taps.

Size of the pipe:

The diameter of the supply pipe may also be the issue of low water pressure. You need to check if the supply pipe has sufficient width depending upon the water supply and demand.

Choking in the supply pipe:

Choking in the supply pipe

There may be the possibility of mineral deposit or clogging due to debris in the pipeline, which is causing the issue. The simple cleaning of the pipe will solve the issue; this happens usually in the case of hot water lines as due to higher temperature calcification of lines is much more than cold water line with similar quality water.

Tenure of the pipe:

In the case of the longer life of the pipes, they may corrode due to natural wear and tear and gets rusted. This may lead to either leakage or clogging in the pipelines, which hampers the proper water flow.

Height of the tank:

Height of the tank

If the tanks are placed on a height, then there may be a possibility that the water has to travel a long way that reduce the pressure at which it is intended to flow.

Check with your neighbours:

If nothing is of concern at your house, then probably this is the external issue. Check in your locality that whether everyone is facing the same issue. May be some maintenance work is carried out by the corporation due to which the supply of water is limited.
Once you have identified the probable cause of the issue, then you need to get to the cause to resolve the same. Probably you need to get in touch with a professional plumbing repair service providers, if any repair or maintenance is needed.

Knorr Campaign Asks Consumers to ‘Eat’ Less Water

Knorr Campaign Asks Consumers to eat Less Water

Knorr claims that addressing water waste is therefore “more important than ever,” and launched its new campaign during World Water Week in partnership with the Water Footprint Network (WFN).

Credits:www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/behavior_change/hannah_ furlong/knorr_campaign_asks_consumers_eat_less_water

Why maintaining Sewage Treatment Plants in condominium is difficult?

Maintaining Sewage Treatment Plants In Condominium

Sewage Treatment Plants seem like the answer to many water related concerns today. They help us re-utilise and manage water supply efficiently. But this system also comes with its own set of challenges. Most of these challenges are faced after installation of these plants. Some of these challenges are:

1. Power Consumption

The greatest expense while running a Sewage Treatment Plant is the power consumption. It requires more and more power with increasing sewage volume. Also, to keep the process going and maintain the plant properly, there must be a constant supply of power. This makes it difficult for the condominium to manage. To ease the burden of this high consumption, solar panels can be installed along with the Sewage Treatment Plant so that it has its own power or less power consuming technologies can be used in the plant for various processes such as  membrane technology for the aeration process.

2. Staff

The staff required to effectively manage and maintain a Sewage Treatment Plant must be properly trained and certified for the same. They need to be on board 24/7 for the maintenance of the plant. This again becomes difficult as there are not much resources equipped with such certification and trainings. To overcome this issue, automation processes can be used in the treatment plant which cut down almost 30% of the running costs in long run but they too need operational supervision to run smoothly.

3. Sludge

Sludge is a thick viscous, mud like material produced during sewage treatment. Sludge may contain the toxic waste from the sewage treatment plant, and can be hazardous if not treated properly. Hence it becomes a delicate environmental challenge for wastewater treatment to safely dispose of excess sludge produced. The recycling of sludge which contains many useful organic matter and nutrients in agricultural applications is considered as the best solution.

4. Secondary Costs

Activated sludge treatment comes with its own various challenges, one of the major challenge being the resources required. Plants that treat activated sludge are not only costly to build but also costly to maintain. Primary and Secondary processes of sludge treatment requires vast tracts of land for large and costly settling tanks and aeration basins. To solve this issue, Advanced technologies using smaller process basins by increasing the amount of biomass per unit volume can be used.

These are just a few challenges in maintaining Sewage Treatment Plants. For any queries about STPs and how to manage them effectively, contact us on +(91)-8130999055 /+(91)-9810858062 or visit our website http://www.sanicon.in/

What is Self Sustaining Hydroponics?

 

Hydroponics

With more and more emphasis on Sustainable Water Management it is essential that wastage of water, especially potable or fresh water is minimised. Over the past few years, concepts like Wastewater management or Greywater management have gained huge attention and acceptance. As more and more people are opting for energy efficient solutions, it has created the scope and demand for new ideas like sewage treatment landscapes, wastewater treatment wetlands etc. Today however, we focus on one such idea i.e. Hydroponics.

What is Hydroponics?

What is Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a latin origin word which means working water. It is a process of growing plants in mediums apart from soil but with added nutrients, such mediums could be sand, liquid or even gravel. Hydroponics is based on the main principle of increasing oxygen to the root zone and liquid feed delivered directly to roots. Under the same conditions, a hydroponic plant grows 30-50% faster than a soil plant.

Why Hydroponics plantations over soil gardening?

Why Hydroponics plantations over soil gardening

Unlike plants grown in traditional soil garden, hydroponic plants do not need too much space to grow and hence more number of hydroponic plants can be grown in the same amount of area. This is because the nutrients are delivered to the roots instead of having the roots stretch out in search of the nutrients. This creates much higher oxygen levels in the root zone as compared to a soil garden. The increased oxygen results in an increased nutrient uptake and much higher rates of growth. The nutrient levels are much easier to control in a hydroponic garden compared to soil garden.

What is the role of Hydroponic gardening in a Wastewater Management System?

What is the role of Hydroponic gardening in a Wastewater Management System

 

As we know that treated greywater is rich in nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus which are essential for vegetation growth, opting for hydroponic gardening would utilise the greywater to its best potential, thus bringing down not only the costs pertaining to gardening but also the freshwater demand for soil gardening.

How is Wastewater Treatment used for Hydroponics?

  • Wastewater from the kitchen is collected in a Settler Tank.
  • From Settler Tank, it then passes through a baffled reactor where anaerobic reaction takes place. This reaction brings down the BOD level from 350 to 50 approximately.
  • After anaerobic treatment, the water is pumped up in an overhead storage tank.
  • From Overhead storage tank water would flow by gravity to the hydroponic plantations.
  • Hydroponics would remove the nitrates and potash present in the water, at the same time helping the plants to grow.

For every wastewater treatment plant to be completely effective it is very vital to incorporate a system which re-uses the treated water. Nowadays, Hydroponics is proving to be a breakthrough concept that not only increases the growth rate in plants in a safe manner but also re-utilises the waste water.

Rainwater harvesting pits tackle waterlogging in a few housing societies.

Rainwater harvesting pits tackle waterlogging in a few housing societies

Rainwater is a natural source of good quality water and needs to be protected, conserved and used for the benefit of mankind. Besides ground rainwater harvesting pits, I think rooftop rainwater harvesting should also be installed to save potable water.

Credits:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Rainwater-harvesting-pits-tackle-waterlogging-in-a-few-housing-societies/articleshow/53508170.cms